Month: May 2009

What does your writers group do for you?

I am blessed with two fantastic writer’s groups. Here is why:My writer’s group members show up–and when I say show up his car broke down (like it’s not gonna move at all without serious work)-John called Eric and they both made it, leaving the… Continue Reading “What does your writers group do for you?”

So, I hit this snag with a novel that I’m working on–namely ‘Critique Induced Block’. Apparently I don’t have a good reaction to a work-in-progress being critiqued while, well, in progress. I start second guessing what I do. And the reason I was doing… Continue Reading “”

Filing cabinets full of stuff

There are things that I don’t handle well:1. Rejection2. Criticism3. Work-related anxieties Turns out the death of a writer friend tops the not-handling-well list of all time. I have had horrible dreams since he left. Dreams of other friends-who-are-writers dying. I’ve waited to post… Continue Reading “Filing cabinets full of stuff”

Deadlines and the Drink of Your Choice

John Kenneth Galbraith: “Any writer who wants to do his best against a deadline should stick to Coca-Cola. If he doesn’t have a deadline, he can risk Seven-Up.” I just got back from a coffeehouse filled with writers. I now wonder at the melding… Continue Reading “Deadlines and the Drink of Your Choice”

The Children Of Men by P.D. James My review rating: 4 of 5 stars P.D. James can turn a sentence, let me tell you. She can also build a crazy-ass world, create believable characters, and set up a premise. All in all, I though… Continue Reading “”

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez My review rating: 3 of 5 starsI really loved the parallels that Alvarez created in this book: Smallpox-AIDS Alma (woman touched by idealistic man in today’s world)-Isabel (woman touched by idealistic man in yesterday’s world) Richard (idealistic man… Continue Reading “Saving the World by Julia Alvarez”

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